Barbra Streisand once complimented Jennifer Lopez’s engagement ring from Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez has recalled how Barbra Streisand once complimented her engagement ring from Ben Affleck.Back in 2002, the Good Will Hunting actor popped the question to the singer/actress with a huge 6.1-carat pink diamond ring that was rumoured to be …

Jennifer Lopez has recalled how Barbra Streisand once complimented her engagement ring from Ben Affleck.

Back in 2002, the Good Will Hunting actor popped the question to the singer/actress with a huge 6.1-carat pink diamond ring that was rumoured to be worth $2.5 million (£2 million).

The couple, dubbed Bennifer, announced they had cancelled their wedding just one day before the planned nuptials in September 2003, and split for good just a few months later.

During a recent interview with Apple Music host Zane Lowe, Lopez revealed that iconic musician and actress Streisand had asked about the sparkler at an Oscars party.

“I met her at an Oscar party, years ago, and I was at the time engaged to Ben Affleck, and – she’s really into diamonds, which I didn’t know,” the Hustlers actress explained. “He had given me a pink diamond, which got a lot of press and was… whatever.”

“So, she came up to me, and like, she’s heard of it,” Lopez added. “And she’s like, ‘Can I see your ring?’ And she asked me about the ring, but then she asked me – and I thought it was so strange – about being famous, and how I handle it.”

Despite previously calling the split with Affleck “heartbreaking”, she still loved the show-stopping ring.

“I loved getting it, don’t get me wrong,” Lopez teased.

Back in 2012, Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter that he and his ex “occasionally touch base”, and the Love Don’t Cost a Thing hitmaker congratulated him on his Golden Globe win for Argo in 2013.

“I respect her,” Affleck gushed. “I like her.”

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Jennifer Lopez models Barbra Streisand sweater in Coach campaign

Jennifer Lopez poses in a sweater featuring Barbra Streisand’s face in her new Coach campaign.The superstar was named as the new global brand ambassador for the New York-based company in November, and on Tuesday, the images from her debut photoshoot pr…

Jennifer Lopez poses in a sweater featuring Barbra Streisand’s face in her new Coach campaign.

The superstar was named as the new global brand ambassador for the New York-based company in November, and on Tuesday, the images from her debut photoshoot promoting the spring/summer 2020 line were released.

Lensed by Juergen Teller, one snap shows Jennifer posing in the “Babs” sweatshirt, which is emblazoned with an illustration of the Funny Girl star by Richard Bernstein that was originally included in a 1969 issue of Interview magazine.

“Soakin’ up that NYC energy!!! Loved shooting in my hometown for my first campaign with @Coach. New York is always an inspiring city-encouraging us to do our own thing and be an original!” the 50-year-old captioned the snap on her Instagram page.

However, the picture soon captured the attention of Barbra, who reposted the happy photo and wrote, “Love this! Hi @jlo – nice to see you wearing my face!”

A short time later, Jennifer responded with “You know you’re my idol!” along with a heart emoji.

Elsewhere in the campaign, the Hustlers actress poses in a red leather jacket with blue silk shirt and an emerald green dress.

And speaking about her advertisements, Jennifer explained that she thoroughly enjoyed shooting with Juergen and Coach creative director Stuart Vevers in the Big Apple.

“In all it creates, Coach promotes individuality and optimism in its style as well as a sense of authenticity and inclusion. Like me, we’re both New York originals, who create a unique mix of high-fashion with street edge,” she added.

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Coach pays homage to artist Richard Bernstein with spring 2020 line

Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s d…

Coach creative director Stuart Vevers has paid homage to late artist Richard Bernstein with his spring 2020 collection.

For the new season, Vevers and his team have partnered with the estate of Bernstein, who was the artist behind Interview magazine’s distinctive illustrated covers for almost 20 years, to use a selection of his portraits on a range of tops.

And during his spring/summer 2020 catwalk presentation as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, models were seen wearing Bernstein’s portraits of Michael J. Fox, Barbra Streisand, and Rob Lowe – Vever’s idols growing up – on vest tops, T-shirts, jumpers, and a dress.

The show, which took place on the High Line, served as a nod to ’80s New York and celebrated “the electric attitude of the New Wave”. It featured 78 bags, each one brought out of the archives from one of the label’s 78 years and remastered.

“The brand’s heritage graphically subverted with vibrant colour, the electric attitude of New Wave – and today’s new New Wave,” said a Coach spokesperson. “The energetic pop illustrations of Richard Bernstein playfully juxtaposed with Coach’s strong, straightforward leather goods heritage. A purposeful synthesis of stripped-back and upbeat. This vivid, reimagined past, as dynamic as the city it’s made for.”

Vevers’s show opened with a model rocking a cherry red leather trench coat with flat black sandals, and the collection heavily featured leather designs, including red, brown and green trousers, pink and dark red skirts, black and green jackets and trench coats in a variety of hues.

The models also sported patterned shirts and a range of knitwear, including a yellow sleeveless vest with a martini glass pattern, and a green jumper featuring a large prawn motif.

The catwalk stars, which included Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech, and Abby Champion mostly wore flat shoes – wide colourful sandals, high-top sneakers with a trio of straps, or pointed flat pumps.

Celebrities on the front row included Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan, Girls actress Jemima Kirke, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

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Barbra Streisand & Serena Williams among list of Best Picture nominee presenters at Oscars

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World star…

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World stars Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, rocker Tom Morello, and Amandla Stenberg to take the stage to salute the night’s biggest movies.

Announcing the decision via a statement on Wednesday (20Feb19), Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss said: “Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us.

“We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

Meanwhile, rockers Queen will open the show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The group, whose beginnings feature in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhadsody, were asked to get things started in the absence of a traditional Oscars host.

Current Queen frontman Adam Lambert announced the big news via Twitter on Monday (18Feb19) and posted a 15-second video of the band performing We Will Rock You as the words “Queen + Adam Lambert. Feb 24th. 5pm EST. The OSCARS” flashed up on the screen.

He added the caption: “We will rock The Oscars Feb 24th. 5pm PST. @TheAcademy @QueenWillRock.”

Academy Awards bosses confirmed the big news via social media, adding: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars!”

Their band’s movie, which is up for five awards on Sunday, has taken in more than $850 million (£649,000) at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.

The Oscars will be without a host for the first time in 30 years following comedian Kevin Hart’s decision to step down last year (18) after the discovery of past homophobic tweets he sent out almost a decade ago.

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Gisele Bundchen to be honoured for environmental activism

Gisele Bundchen is to be feted for her environmental activism at a gala next month (Feb19).The Brazilian supermodel has long dedicated herself to supporting a variety of environmental issues, including sustainability, clean water initiatives, and prese…

Gisele Bundchen is to be feted for her environmental activism at a gala next month (Feb19).

The Brazilian supermodel has long dedicated herself to supporting a variety of environmental issues, including sustainability, clean water initiatives, and preservation of rainforests in South America.

Gisele is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environmental Programme too, and for her efforts, she is to be honoured at the UCLA Institute of Environment & Sustainability’s annual Hollywood for Science Gala on 21 February.

“We are all connected and without nature, we would cease to exist. Our planet needs our care now more than ever,” she told People.com in a statement. “We need to listen to the signs she has been giving us and work together to protect her; our actions will prevent us from harming ourselves and future generations.”

Previously, Gisele has spoken about her passion for protecting the environment and how she became dedicated to raising interest in the cause after she visited a tribe on the Xingu River in the Amazon Rainforest. The 38-year-old noticed that people were getting sick from the polluted water, and created charity, Project Agua Limpa, to help tackle the problem.

The 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala will see leaders in philanthropy, entertainment, and business come together to support actions combatting escalating challenges such as climate change, pollution, and deforestation.

In addition to Gisele, singer/actress Barbra Streisand will be honoured for her work on environmental causes, while the event’s chairs will include A-list stars such as Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Adriana Lima, Tiffany Haddish, Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, and Meg Ryan.

“This year we are thrilled to present that honour to Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen for the incredible work they have done to raise awareness on the necessity to take action in order to keep our planet healthy,” commented the Institute of Environment & Sustainability’s global fundraising chairman Milutin Gatsby.

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Marc Jacobs closes NYFW with frothy fashion fanfare

Marc Jacobs helped New York Fashion Week go out with a bang with his frothy spring/summer 19 collection on Wednesday night (12Sep18).Stuffed with frills, feathers and ruffles, Jacob’s line harked back to a bygone time, with ‘60s icons Barbra Streis…

Marc Jacobs helped New York Fashion Week go out with a bang with his frothy spring/summer 19 collection on Wednesday night (12Sep18).

Stuffed with frills, feathers and ruffles, Jacob’s line harked back to a bygone time, with ‘60s icons Barbra Streisand and Lee Radziwill serving as inspiration for the hairstyles.

Proceedings kicked off more than hour later than scheduled, though the U.S. designer made up for the tardiness with a style spectacle.

Kaia Gerber, a regular on the 55-year-old’s runways, looked as though she’d stepped straight out of the ‘60s in a matching yellow raincoat and bonnet tied primly under her chin, with white netted gloves and a vintage looking cream handbag finishing the look.

As well as trends borrowed from the swinging ‘60s, styles from the ‘80s also folded into the collection.

Adwoa Aboah, the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty, modelled a dramatic look reminiscent of the era, with two oversized roses adorning her peachy pink outfit; one tied around her neck and the other tied around her waist. Her buzzed bleached hair had a pink tinge to it, something colourist Josh Wood replicated on other models who shaved their hair off especially for the show.

“This is the biggest colour project that I’ve ever worked on, so it’s a very proud moment for me,” Wood said backstage. “Marc signed (off on) every single colour. “He wanted the hair colours to) have history and look vintage.”

Pastel hues also dominated the collection, with the pretty shades working perfectly with the frothy line.

The front row was packed with celebrities and fashion stars, including Anna Dello Russo, Karen Elson, Nicki Minaj, Christian Louboutin, Emily Ratajkowski and Grace Coddington.

Fashion Week moves to London on Thursday.

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Josh Brolin thought Ryan Reynolds was pranking him with Deadpool 2’s Streisand segment

Josh Brolin was convinced his Deadpool 2 co-star Ryan Reynolds was pranking him after performing a song from his stepmother Barbra Streisand’s film Yentl in the new blockbuster. The No Country for Old Men star portrays Marvel villain Cable in the sequ…

Josh Brolin was convinced his Deadpool 2 co-star Ryan Reynolds was pranking him after performing a song from his stepmother Barbra Streisand’s film Yentl in the new blockbuster.

The No Country for Old Men star portrays Marvel villain Cable in the sequel to 2016’s Deadpool, and throughout the movie, Ryan’s titular character pokes fun at the similarities between the Oscar-nominated tune Papa, Can You Hear Me? and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s animated hit Frozen.

Josh, whose father is Barbra’s husband James Brolin, had no idea Ryan and his fellow filmmakers had licensed Streisand’s Yentl track for Deadpool 2, so he was sure it was all part of a big joke when he heard the song being belted out during filming.

“I asked Ryan, they had to get her (Streisand’s) approval for that but I didn’t know about it, so when I was on set and it was being sung by him (Ryan as Deadpool), I’m like (confused),” he explained. “I thought it was a joke; I thought it was a joke on me! But it wasn’t!”

Streisand herself briefly appears onscreen as clips of the 1983 movie musical, in which she starred as a Jewish girl who pretends to be a boy to further her religious studies, are also included in Deadpool 2.

Reynolds previously told USA Today he began noticing the striking similarities between the Yentl and Frozen songs two years ago, as he had to watch the animated film on repeat with his daughter James, now three.

“It sounded like a very frighteningly similar song, so I made a little light of it (in Deadpool 2’s script),” he said.

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Candice Bergen customises bags for Barbra Streisand and Lena Dunham

Candice Bergen has established a successful side business customising designer bags with pet artwork for clients like Barbra Streisand and Lena Dunham.The Murphy Brown star began putting her art skills to good use in 2016 by offering up her talents onl…

Candice Bergen has established a successful side business customising designer bags with pet artwork for clients like Barbra Streisand and Lena Dunham.

The Murphy Brown star began putting her art skills to good use in 2016 by offering up her talents online, at the suggestion of her daughter Chloe, with interested customers sending her photos of their furry friends – among other images – so she could paint their portraits on their favourite bags, with her fees benefiting charity.

“I have a very tiny, quirky business called Bergen Bags, where people email me (their requests) … and send me photographs of their dogs, or they tell me they want the solar system or a grizzly bear or hedgehogs… I just paint them (on the bag),” she said on daytime show The Talk. “I set it up in my breakfast room, and I do it for donations to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), or the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council).”

She recently turned around special jobs for actress Lena, who had hedgehogs added to a designer bag, and Barbra, who wanted her beloved pooch Fanny painted on her purse.

“They were my two biggest celebrity bags!” Candice laughed.

Candice is currently starring alongside Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen in new flick Book Club, and the 72-year-old has been showing off her style credentials as she promotes the flick.

For the Los Angeles premiere earlier this month (May18), the blonde star chose a white-sequin Gucci spring/summer 18 Snow White poison apple sweater – proving she still has a flair for fashion.

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